Skip to main content

Arts and Sciences

Open Main MenuClose Main Menu

Beckman ExcellenceHigh-caliber training for OSU's bright and energetic young investigators.

OSU is thrilled to offer the prestigious Beckman Scholars Program to support research potential among highly-motivated chemistry and life science students. 

BSP Overview

OSU received a highly-selective Beckman Scholars Program (BSP) award in 2023 from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The OSU Beckman Scholars program is a prestigious research experience for highly-motivated undergraduates in the disciplines of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physiology, physics, and microbiology. Selected scholars will conduct independent research under the guidance of one the program's dedicated expert faculty mentors. OSU Beckman Scholars receive individualized research mentorship, alongside additional training in scientific communication, leadership, and community building. OSU BSP supports students in their pursuit of Ph.D. M.D. or M.D/Ph.D degrees. OSU BSP especially welcomes applicants who have no prior research experience. Beginning in May 2023, the College of Arts and Sciences will name two Beckman Scholars each year for three years.

Program Structure

Research excellence through mentorship.
OSU Beckman Scholars engage in 15 months of mentored research, as well as additional funding for scientific supplies and travel to support their research. The 2024-2025 Beckman Scholars commit to 40 hours of research for at least 10 weeks during the summer (2024 and 2025) and 10 hours per week of research during the academic year (fall 2024 and spring 2025).
biology sculpture
student researching bacteria

I strive to be a lifelong learner, leader and educator. Becoming a Beckman Scholar means that I have the resources to grow and hone these skills through research experience, through the leaders, and through others involved in the program.

- Adriahna Blackburn
Beckman Scholar 2023 - 2024

Program Details

Meet our Scholars

Welcome our first-ever scholar-mentor pairs to the OSU Beckman Scholars Program.

  • Student researchers
  • Student leaders
  • Outstanding scholars
 Learn about our Scholars


All interested and eligible students are encouraged to apply. Prior research experience is not required.

  • Application closed for 2024-2025 program year.
  • Finalists selected: March 2024
  • Interview round: Early April 2024
  • Scholar announced: Late-April 2024
Application Eligibility and Details

BSP Mentors

Beckman Scholars work with outstanding scientists devoted to student success. 

  • Applicants do not need to choose a mentor in advance
  • Scholars will be matched with mentors
  • Program mentors are pre-established
Current Mentor Research Areas

Arnold & Mabel Beckman Foundation

A story of excellence.
The Beckman Scholars Program supports young scientists around the country.

OSU Beckman Scholars Program Leadership

Dr. Rachael Eaton BSP Director; CAS Program Director for Research

Dr. Erika Lutter BSP Principal Investigator and Mentor; Associate Professor of Microbiology & Molecular

Dr. Camelia Knapp CAS Associate Dean for
Back To Top